First Saudi Arabia and now, as the BBC reports, Libya has decided to close its embassy in Denmark over the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.

As with the Saudis and the Jordanians, Tripoli appears to believe that the Danish government should abandon centuries old traditions of tolerance and freedom of speech because some lying imam says so.

Libya is also threatening to take economic measures against Denmark, but is unable to say what these would be.

In other news, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League are seeking a UN resolution, backed by possible sanctions, to protect religions. I very much doubt that theyve stopped to think what effect this resolution would have on a country led by a holocaust denier, such as Iran.

On a more rational note, although Afghan President Hamid Karzai considers the drawings to be a mistake, he has also said Prime Minister Rasmussen explained Denmarks position on that (the drawings), which was very satisfactory to me as a Muslim.

On a more craven note, Norway has advised its Middle East embassies to voice regret after Norwgian Christian magazine, Magazinet, published the cartoons and Jyllands-Posten reports that Danish Company, Arla Foods, is about to start printing adverts in Saudi newspapers in order to deflect the much threatened boycott.

Maybe they are reacting a little too quickly because, as Arab News observes:

Reaction by supermarket managers in Jeddah to the controversial cartoons published in the Danish and Norwegian media is patchy. In some supermarkets, gaps with labels in English and Arabic, indicate that Danish products have been withdrawn; in others shelves were fully stocked with familiar Danish products yesterday.

And finally, The Brussels Journal argues that appeasing demands from various Muslim groups simply encourages more extreme elements to push for more and more. As such, they claim that the best way to bring this argument to an end would be for as many websites, blogs and papers in Europe just to publish the cartoons in an act of defiance to extremists.

I find myself increasingly in agreement with this point of view, so heres my contibution

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